Sunday, October 31, 2010

3 miles in Golden Gate Park


Okay, friends - here it is:  The Golden Gate Park walking tour. Well, just a small part of it.  GGP is HUGE!


I know this may shock you to hear, but Golden Gate Park is amazing.  I’m embarrassed to say that while I’ve driven through, visited the museums and attended music festivals in it, I have never actually walked in the park before. I think I waited so long because I assumed it was just another park.  Man, was I wrong. 


  
Sure you can do typical park stuff like jogging, riding bikes and playing fetch with your dog.  But you can do so much more!  Wait for it…


For starters, you can bring your horses to the Bercut Equitation Field to trot in circles (I assume).  Interesting side note, I actually attended horse camp in Ocala, Florida when I was twelve years old.  I learned how to hitch a buggy, ride Western style and scoop poo.  Good times.


What else?  Oh, you can race your mini yachts on Spreckels Lake and join the SF Model Yacht Club.  I read through the schedule of events to the left of the door and it appears that the mini yacht season has just closed for this year.  I plan to keep a closer eye on their schedule next Spring because, as you know, I’m infatuated with all things mini, and feel that my life would be more complete after watching a mini yacht race.


If you’re not in the mood for anything mini and would prefer something gigantic and mildly stinky, you can check out the bison in their paddock.  There were no bison to be found the day I visited, so maybe they too have a season.  If anyone knows when I can actually see a bison, do share. 


If the park gets to be overwhelming for you and you need to take a breather from the natural beauty, you can escape to an oasis of urban decay.


Speaking of an oasis, I could really go for a treat after walking through the park.  Across the street from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive entrance of the park is the Seaview Restaurant, which is a very lovely Thai restaurant.  Or maybe it’s actually called, Ladda’s Thai Cuisine.  


Well, whatever the establishment is called, the pad thai and Thai iced tea are really tasty and the location is super handy.

Monday, October 18, 2010

4.2 miles on the Embarcadero (again)

Well, I've been down this road before.  Seriously. I've walked this course several times now.  But this time was different because...

I ran!  Well, part of it.  My friend, Mai invited me to run with her in the Niketown running club on Wednesday night.  While the running club is in operation year-round, this was a special run because it was the final practice before the Nike Women's Marathon on Sunday.  You may not be aware of this, but I'm a walker, not a runner.  So, while Mai shot ahead of me and ran the 6 mile course, I slowly ran/walked the 4 mile course, which gave me an opportunity to take pictures.

October is a very pink month.  San Francisco fully supports
Breast Cancer Awareness Month by shining pink lights
on major landmarks around the city. 

Despite it being a familiar course,
I discovered several things on this run/walk:

1)  Buried ships,

2) My inability to hold a camera steady after running,

3) Pier 5 is one very good looking building,

4) Captain Leidesdorff,

6) The Ferry Building looks equally awesome at night as in the day time,

7) This cool sign on Pine Street, and

8) Mai's name on the wall of the googillion Nike Marathon runners.

As a follow-up,  I'm happy to report that Mai ran the half-marathon (13 miles) in just over 2 hours.  Way to go, Mai!  (BTW, this is her "hard core" runner look!)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

2 miles in Central Richmond

The Richmond.  Call me a dork, but I've started to sing those two words like the opening credits of The Simpsons.  Try it:  "The Ri---chmond!...bum-buM-BUM-Bum-bum-bum-bum-ba-bumbumbumbum-bumbumbumbumbum-bump.  Fun, eh?

Back on course: this walk may be a short 2 miles, but it is packed with awesome!

There is poetry etched into the sidewalk...

and scraps of phonetic wonders just lying around.

Oh, and there is exotic meat...

and beer brewing supplies.

And Halloween decorations!

Very nice start to the season.

Here's a little Allison trivia: 
1)  I worked (briefly) at a Blockbuster back in college.




and liked it.

2)   I love houses with black trim.

3)  I think Humphry Slocombe makes the best ice cream in town. 
But I've never had Joe's, so I can't rule it out.

4)  I'm obsessed with miniature animals. 
Specifically mini goats, mini cattle, mini donkeys and that
mini giraffe from the "Opulence I has it" Direct TV commercial.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

9 miles in the Embarcadero/Presidio

It's the first week in October, so you know what that means?! It's Glide Bridge to Bridge 12K for Special Olympics time!
Sam, Mai and I fueled up (note the Red Bull in my hand) and gave it our best run/walk try.

This was Sam's first 12K...and she ran it with a cold.
Running with a stuffed nose is hard core.

The best part about the Bridge to Bridge is the killer view. At pretty much every turn, there is something stunning to look at.

One particular item stands out.

Gotta hit Hopper's Hands at the base of the bridge.

If I weren't being timed, I would have stopped to frolick for a few minutes. This lawn has "frolick me" written all over it.

Yay! We did it. Sam's stuffy nose and all. Way to go, ladies!

While we were waiting for my husband to pick us up, we decided to explore inside the Presidio for a few minutes. Whoa. Clearly, there is a lot of really nifty stuff to check out.

Did you know you can actually live in the Presidio?
This is news to me, and I'm intrigued.

I'm adding "live in the Presidio" to my bucket list.
Specifically in this house. LOVE IT.
You know who didn't love it? The little boy who lives in this house.
Note to readers: don't take pictures of the residential houses in the Presidio. Yikes.

Monday, October 4, 2010

SEPTEMBER STATS: 13.8 miles

SEPTEMBER: 13.8 miles
SINCE I STARTED: 416.7 miles
We have a map Finally! Blogger is super jacked at present. I just read through a bunch of dork discussion boards on the photo uploading problem, and the answer was to switch back to the older uploader and ditch the new one until the bugs get worked out. So here we are. September was an eh walking month. I traveled, hiked on San Bruno Mountain and went to some concerts during my free time instead of walking. October will be a bigger walking month, though. I love wandering around decorated neighborhoods during the holiday months.




Have a stellar week!